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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain getting better for England and Arsenal

England's Ox growing stronger and stronger after rapid rise with Three Lions stardom

European Championships, where he started the opening game against France in Donetsk.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has certainly come a long way in a short time since being signed by Arsene Wenger as a raw talent from Southampton two years ago.

Better and better: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, pictured here with the new Vauxhall Adam, intends to take everything in his stride as England push on towards the World Cup

Better and better: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, pictured here with the new Vauxhall Adam, intends to take everything in his stride as England push on towards the World Cup

The midfielder, though, is determined to keep himself focused on each new challenge as it comes along.

Speaking at an event organised by England sponsor’s Vauxhall, Oxlade-Chamberlain told Press Association Sport: 'I have a bit more experience now, from both club and international level, on and off the pitch.

'The experience of going to the Euros with tournament football stands me in better stead looking towards the World Cup, but I still have a lot of hard work to do to make that squad for Brazil, if we do qualify.'

Oxlade-Chamberlain added: 'My progress into the first-team at Arsenal and the senior England squad was quite quick, probably quicker than I ever thought it was going to be.

Room to grow: The 19-year-old is likely to play in England's qualifying double header with San Marino and Montenegro this weekend

Room to grow: The 19-year-old is likely to play in England's qualifying double header with San Marino and Montenegro this weekend

'I really just try to keep my head down, focused on my targets, and take everything in my stride.

'I have only achieved a tiny percentage of what I want to achieve in a small fraction of my career.

'I know I have got a lot more hard work to do and a long way to go, so I don’t really think about how quick things have gone because I just want to keep improving myself and keep pushing on.'

Unfazed: Oxlade-Chamberlain fighting the elements and Swansea's Angel Rangel in Saturday's 2-0 win at Swansea

Unfazed: Oxlade-Chamberlain fighting the elements and Swansea's Angel Rangel in Saturday's 2-0 win at Swansea

Natural similarities are drawn between the progress of Oxlade-Chamberlain and his Arsenal team-mate Theo Walcott, another product of the Southampton Academy and now regular for Roy Hodgson’s England squad.

'Theo is a brilliant player, so I don’t really mind getting compared to him,' Oxlade-Chamberlain said.

'He really helps me out a lot and has done ever since I stepped into Arsenal and coming away with England.

Young gunner: Oxlade-Chamberlain has been inevitably compared to teammate Theo Walcott

Young gunner: Oxlade-Chamberlain has been inevitably compared to teammate Theo Walcott

'This season he has been really good for Arsenal, scoring a lot of goals, which is what I am trying to add to my game, so I can learn from him in that sense.

'But I don’t really look at it in terms of what he has done and what I am doing, I just focus on what I need to do to achieve the goals I set for myself.'

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Chelsea 0 Swansea 2 – Capital One Cup match report

Chelsea 0 Swansea 2: Marvellous Michu makes sloppy Chelsea pay before Graham adds late second

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Matt Barlow

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21:37 GMT, 9 January 2013

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21:37 GMT, 9 January 2013

Michu once again underlined exactly why he is being touted as signing of the summer as he plundered his 15th goal of the season to give Swansea the advantage at half-time in the Capital One Cup semi-final.

The 2million man proved to be the best Spanish striker on the pitch as his goal late in the first-half won the match in which 50million Fernando Torres struggled badly to find any rhythm.

Chelsea enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges but failed to beat an inspired Gerhard Tremmel.

And they made to pay the ultimate price when a Branislav Ivanovic mistake was pounced on by Michu.

Danny Graham then doubled the lead in stoppage time.

More to follow….

Red action: Swansea have the lead at half-time in their Capital One Cup clash with Chelsea

Red action: Swansea have the lead at half-time in their Capital One Cup clash with Chelsea

MATCH FACTS

CHELSEA: Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Luiz, Ramires (Lampard 71), Hazard, Oscar (Marin 83), Mata, Torres (Ba 81). Subs: Hilario, Ferreira, Bertrand, Ake.

SWANSEA: Tremmel, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Britton, De Guzman, Ki, Routledge (Tiendalli 63), Hernandez, Michu (Graham 84).
Subs: Vorm, Dyer, Monk, Shechter, Agustien.

Goal: Michu 39, Graham 90

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Star man: Michu proved to be the difference, as so often he has been since he joined the Swans

Star man: Michu proved to be the difference, as so often he has been since he joined the Swans

Star man: Michu proved to be the difference, as so often he has been since he joined the Swans

Rough and ready: Swansea matched Chelsea every step of the way at Stamford Bridge

Rough and ready: Swansea matched Chelsea every step of the way at Stamford Bridge

Rough and ready: Swansea matched Chelsea every step of the way at Stamford Bridge

Rough and ready: Swansea matched Chelsea every step of the way at Stamford Bridge

Swansea 1 Middlesbrough 0: match report

Swansea 1 Middlesbrough 0: Hines' late own goal agony ends Boro resistance

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23:38 GMT, 12 December 2012

Swansea City are through to the Capital One Cup semi-final after a late Seb Hines own goal cruelly ended Middlesbrough’s long journey to Wembley.

This was Boro’s 12th straight away fixture in the League Cup — an array of trips amounting to roughly 4,000 miles over the years — and they had their chances to win it.

But then, after 81 minutes, fortune conspired against Hines. He had just saved Boro with a last-ditch tackle on Michu, but from the resulting Jonathan De Guzman corner he headed into his own net under pressure from Garry Monk.

Winner: Middlesbrough's Seb Hines (left) scores an own goal to send Swansea through

Winner: Middlesbrough's Seb Hines (left) scores an own goal to send Swansea through

Match facts

Swansea: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Chico, Monk, Davies, Dyer, Britton, de Guzman, Shechter (Moore 55), Routledge (Ki 65), Michu.

Subs Not Used: Cornell, Bartley, Graham, Rangel, Agustien.

Goal: Hines 81 og.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, Bikey (Halliday 64), Hines, Friend, Haroun (Smallwood 65), Leadbitter (Miller 82), Bailey, Ledesma, Jutkiewicz, McDonald.

Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Thomson, Emnes, Parnaby.

Booked: Leadbitter, Bailey.

Att: 15,048

Ref: Lee Probert (Wiltshire).

The result puts Swansea into their first major semi-final since the 1964 FA Cup, but those are the kind of thoughts Michael Laudrup will be trying his hardest to suppress. The Swansea manager said: ‘I told them at half time, “I know you all want that final, but we are too tense. All of you want to do so well, it is hurting you. Do it like you are used to doing it”.’

That Middlesbrough looked good was no great surprise. They are third in the Championship and fielded close to a full strength side, Tony Mowbray making five changes to the team that beat Peterborough 3-2 on Saturday.

Swansea, meanwhile, had something of a point to prove. Their 4-3 loss to Norwich on Saturday was their first in seven games and ‘intensity’ has been the buzzword at the Liberty Stadium ever since.

They were so far off their usual pace in falling 3-0 behind at the weekend that Laudrup used his programme notes to spell out his thoughts on players who ‘start to believe’ their hype. His feeling was that too many operated at ‘90 per cent’ and his remedy last night was to recall Leon Britton, who missed the Norwich game with a knee injury.

Gutted: Middlesbrough players are dejected after conceding a goal but Michu celebrates (below)

Gutted: Middlesbrough players are dejected after conceding a goal but Michu celebrates (below)

Swansea City's Michu celebrates

Swansea’s mini-marvel is vital to the team’s tempo and everything that goes with it. Michu gets the goals and credit, but Britton is the most essential cog in a passing machine that has shocked the Premier League for 16 months. He was close to his best at times in the first half, hassling and harrying, springing attacks and deciding when to slow the game down. When Swansea had their first clear chance after 34 minutes, Britton was at the heart of it.

He exchanged passes with Wayne Routledge, and then Michu, before drilling one out wide to Ben Davies. Davies whipped over a cross which Itay Shechter headed into the path of Nathan Dyer, but the winger, clean through, failed to react quickly enough and the ball clattered off his knees and into the hands of Jason Steele.

Collision: Swansea City's Luke Moore is tackled by Middlesbrough's Andre Bikey

Collision: Swansea City's Luke Moore is tackled by Middlesbrough's Andre Bikey

Middlesbrough had chances of their own during an impressive start. George Friend was the architect of their first, out-muscling De Guzman in the Swansea area after 20 minutes and rolling a pass back into the path of Grant Leadbitter, whose shot to the bottom left corner was blocked by Gerhard Tremmel.

Lukas Jutkiewicz then carved out another opportunity, bursting through the middle and playing in Leadbitter. He had space to delve further into Swansea’s area but pulled the trigger early and shot straight at Tremmel.

‘It was frustrating,’ said Mowbray. ‘On the balance, it was tight, fine margins win and lose. We could easily have won 1-0 rather than lost 1-0.

Heads: Michu (left) challenges for the ball as Swansea battle to victory over Middlesbrough

Heads: Michu (left) challenges for the ball as Swansea battle to victory over Middlesbrough

Boro started the second half well, Justin Hoyte and Leadbitter coming close, but Swansea’s increased fluency told. Laudrup brought Ki Sung-Yeung on for Routledge after 64 minutes and his impact was almost immediate, the Korean bursting down the left and playing a pass square to De Guzman. The Dutchman’s low shot was comfortably handled by Steele.

De Guzman then hit the bar in the 73rd minute with a 25-yard free-kick, before Ki created a good chance for Michu with a through-ball from midfield. Hines put in a superb block but had to suffer the unfortunate consequences.

‘It’s fantastic to reach the semi-finals,’ Laudrup added. ‘I asked all my players who had played in a cup final and no one had. At the end there was a lot of relief and I think everyone can be proud. Now we want the next step and want to go to the final. Whoever we play it will be very special.’

Tough luck: Middlesbrough are left to rue missing out on a place in the last four

Tough luck: Middlesbrough are left to rue missing out on a place in the last four

Tough luck: Middlesbrough are left to rue missing out on a place in the last four

Swansea 3 Norwich 4: On-song Canaries stun Swans in thriller

Swansea 3 Norwich 4: On-song Canaries stun Swans in thriller

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16:54 GMT, 8 December 2012

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17:21 GMT, 8 December 2012

Norwich held off Swansea's second-half fightback to extend their
unbeaten run in the Premier League to nine games with a thrilling win at the Liberty
Stadium.

The Canaries had stunned their high-flying hosts with goals from Steven
Whittaker, Sebastien Bassong and Grant Holt giving them a 3-0 half-time
lead.

High times: Norwich City striker Grant Holt

High times: Norwich City striker Grant Holt

MATCH FACTS

Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Dyer, Routledge, de Guzman, Ki, Michu, Graham (Shechter 68). Subs Not Used: Cornell, Bartley, Monk, Moore, Tiendalli, Agustien.

Booked: Williams,Rangel.

Goals: Michu 51, de Guzman 59, Michu 90.

Norwich: Bunn,Martin,Bassong,Whittaker (Barnett 90), Garrido, Johnson, Snodgrass, Howson, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Holt (Morison 82). Subs Not Used: Rudd, Jackson, Fox, Elliott Bennett, Tierney.

Booked: Martin.

Goals: Whittaker 16, Bassong 40, Holt 44, Snodgrass 77.

Att: 20,294

Ref: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).

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Swansea rallied through strikes from Michu and Jonathan De Guzman, but Robert Snodgrass made sure of the win with an excellent free-kick, before Michu netted again in injury time.

Both sides' excellent recent form suggested a tight encounter, but Norwich blew those predictions out of the water with a superb first-half display to punish the sluggish Swans, who were without the injured Leon Britton.

The combination of a tigerish midfield effort from the likes of Snodgrass, Jonny Howson and Wes Hoolahan, and the same trio's neat link work in attack, proved too much for their hosts to contend with.

There were warning signs inside the opening seconds as Bradley
Johnson met Snodgrass' corner to force a save from Gerhard Tremmel.

The pressure built as Swansea were hassled and harried out of their
rhythm and Howson rattled the base of the post after seizing on Ben
Davies' weak defensive header.

The Canaries took a deserved lead in the 16th minute. Snodgrass laid the
ball off to Whittaker, and the ex-Rangers man was allowed to run and
run before cutting in and firing low past Tremmel for his first Norwich
goal.

On his knees: Swansea City goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel

On his knees: Swansea City goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel

Head case: Swansea striker Miguel Michu celebrates scoring a goal

Head case: Swansea striker Miguel Michu celebrates scoring a goal

Snodgrass forced another save from Tremmel as he cut in from the right
flank, before Swansea briefly rediscovered some of the zip that had seen
them rise as high as seventh in the table.

Their first genuine goalscoring chance came after 28 minutes. Danny
Graham did well to connect with De Guzman's flicked cross, only to see
his header come back off the bar.

Michu almost lucked into an equaliser five minutes later, the Spaniard's
drive took a huge deflection off Wayne Routledge to leave Mark Bunn
stranded, but the ball spun just wide of his right-hand post.

Swansea had been building momentum, but they were stopped in their tracks as Bassong struck for the third time in four games.

Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong scores their second goal

On song: Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong scores their second goal

Ruled out: Norwich goalkeeper Bunn is fouled by Michu (9) before Shechter turns the ball into the net

Ruled out: Norwich goalkeeper Bunn is fouled by Michu (9) before Shechter turns the ball into the net

Holt hoisted a cross to the far post, where the defender rose above Davies to beat Tremmel at the German's near post.

Just two minutes later it was 3-0.
Snodgrass' perfectly delivered free-kick picked out an unmarked Holt,
who easily steered his header beyond Tremmel to cap a superb first half
for the Canaries.
Johnson almost made it 4-0 just two minutes after the break.

Angel Rangel gifted the ball to the
visitors on the edge of his own box and Howson's delightful lobbed pass
picked out his midfield partner who manufactured an outside of the foot
volley which struck the bar.

Michu gave Swansea a route back into
the game as he slotted into the far corner from Davies' low ball across
the box in the 51st minute.

Hots hot: Swansea's Danny Graham battles for the ball with Russell Martin

Hots hot: Swansea's Danny Graham battles for the ball with Russell Martin

On the run: Swansea City's Nathan Dyer skips past Bradley Johnson

On the run: Swansea City's Nathan Dyer skips past Bradley Johnson

The Spaniard almost turned provider for Graham, and Bunn had to make a sharp save to deny the striker with Norwich starting to show signs of nerves and the game bearing little resemblance to the opening 45 minutes.

Those nerves only increased as Swansea got back within a goal on 59 minutes. Nathan Dyer outpaced Javier Garrido down the flank, and when his cross was not cleared De Guzman volleyed in.
Graham could have levelled eight minutes later but Garrido did superbly to intervene as the striker ran in on goal.

His replacement Itay Shechter had the ball in the net soon after as Bunn failed to hold the ball under pressure from Michu, but referee Howard Webb ruled the Spaniard had fouled the keeper.

Michu then headed wide as he made a trademark late arrival into the box, before Norwich doused Swansea's fire with their fourth of the afternoon.

Ashley Williams was adjudged to have hauled down Holt, but was only booked by Webb despite clearly being the last man.

Snodgrass stepped up to curl home a beautiful strike from the resulting free-kick and secure the points for Norwich, meaning Michu's second in injury time was not enough for Swansea.

Feet first: Danny Graham battles for the ball with Javier Garrido

Feet first: Danny Graham battles for the ball with Javier Garrido

Man of the moment: Norwich manager Chris Houghton

Man of the moment: Norwich manager Chris Houghton

Arsenal 0 Swansea City 2 match report

Arsenal 0 Swansea 2: Michu's late double piles more misery on Wenger on day of protest at The Emirates

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17:15 GMT, 1 December 2012

Swansea condemned Arsenal to a 2-0 home Barclays Premier League defeat as Michu fired in two late goals at Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners had been second best for long spells, and despite an improved performance after the break, the Swans earned reward for their persistence when Spain forward Michu grabbed a late brace.

Jeers greeted the final whistle at Emirates Stadium, as manager Arsene Wenger's side dropped more points and fell further behind in the battle to break back into the top four.

Gunners fans backing the 'Black Scarf Movement' had demonstrated around the ground before kick-off, complaining at the perceived commercialisation of the club following their move to the Emirates Stadium.

Double blast: Swansea's Michu netted twice to settle this match 2-0 in their favour after Arsenal again failed to perform

Double blast: Swansea's Michu netted twice to settle this match 2-0 in their favour after Arsenal again failed to perform

Great finish: Michu curls a shot home to give Swansea the lead on 87 minutes

Great finish: Michu curls a shot home to give Swansea the lead on 87 minutes

Wild celebrations: Michu soaks up the acclaim of the travelling supporters after scoring

Wild celebrations: Michu soaks up the acclaim of the travelling supporters after scoring

Another painful afternoon: Olivier Giroud looks dejected as Arsenal slumped to a 2-0 home loss to Swansea

Another painful afternoon: Olivier Giroud looks dejected as Arsenal slumped to a 2-0 home loss to Swansea

On the pitch, Wenger opted to deploy
Ivory Coast forward Gervinho in the central striker role ahead of Theo
Walcott, who had netted an early goal in the midweek 1-1 draw at
Everton.

However, it was Swansea who were the
first to press, with a free-kick into the Arsenal penalty area
eventually being hacked away by Per Mertesacker.

In the 14th minute Arsenal goalkeeper
Wojciech Szczesny made a fine double save after Angel Rangel had been
played in on the overlap down the right and fired in a low, angled drive
with his follow-up effort also blocked by the agile Pole.

Arsenal failed to get any sort of
rhythm together in the first 20 minutes, far too careless in possession
and lacking ideas in the final third.

Duck and cover: The result piles more pressure on Arsene Wenger, who was booed at the final whistle

Duck and cover: The result piles more pressure on Arsene Wenger, who was booed at the final whistle

Dejection: Theo Walcott can only stare into space as Swansea celebrate Michu's first goal with three minutes to play

Dejection: Theo Walcott can only stare into space as Swansea celebrate Michu's first goal with three minutes to play

Pot shot: Jack Wilshere sees his effort blocked by Swansea's Angel Rangel

Pot shot: Jack Wilshere sees his effort blocked by Swansea's Angel Rangel

Bounce: Arsenal Santi Cazorla leaps for the ball with Sung-Yeung Ki at the Emirates

Bounce: Arsenal Santi Cazorla leaps for the ball with Sung-Yeung Ki at the Emirates

Midfield tussle: Ki and Mikel Arteta battle for the ball in the middle of the park

Midfield tussle: Ki and Mikel Arteta battle for the ball in the middle of the park

Match facts

Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Cazorla, Arteta, Wilshere (Rosicky 78), Walcott, Gervinho (Oxlade-Chamberlain 66), Podolski (Giroud 67)

Subs not used: Mannone, Ramsey, Squillaci, Coquelin

Bookings: Vermaelen

Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Dyer, Britton, Ki, de Guzman (Tiendalli 73), Schechter (Moore 67), Michu

Subs not used: Cornell, Monk, Agustien, Richards, Donnelly

Goals: Michu 87, 90

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

Attendance: 60,098

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Carl Jenkinson, in for injured
right-back Bacary Sagna, whipped a cross through the six-yard box, but
Gervinho could not make contact.

The hosts finally got some momentum,
with Santi Cazorla headed at Swans goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel after
another good cross from Jenkinson.

Nathan Dyer suddenly burst clear
through on goal from a flick by Miguel Michu, but Arsenal captain Thomas
Vermaelen made up the ground to produce a brilliant sliding block just
as the Swansea forward shaped to shoot.

Eight minutes before the break Michu
was bundled over by Mikel Arteta at the edge of the Arsenal penalty
area. Jonathan de Guzman whipped his free-kick up over the wall, but
also the crossbar.

Arsenal offered little in way of
attacking threat, and when Podolski did send over a good cross from the
left, Gervinho failed to make a clean connection as the ball bounced
away to the corner flag – which just about summed up the first half for
the hosts.

Arsenal emerged with much more vigour for the restart.

Cazorla shot straight at the goalkeeper following good work by Jack Wilshere.

Gervinho's run to the edge of the Swansea box was halted by Chico, but referee Mark Clattenburg waved play on.

Aerial battle: Angel Rangel outjumps Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski

Aerial battle: Angel Rangel outjumps Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski

Anger: Fans protested in the streets outside the Emirates Stadium before the match with Swansea

Anger: Fans protested in the streets outside the Emirates Stadium before the match with Swansea over the way they perceive the club is being run

Protest: A group of Arsenal supporters marched outside the Emirates Stadium before kick-off in protest at the way the club is being run

Protest: A group of Arsenal supporters marched outside the Emirates Stadium before kick-off in protest at the way the club is being run

There was still threat on the
counter-attack from Swansea, though, as Rangel got clear again down the
right, with Szczesny making another important block at the near post.

With 24 minutes to go, Wenger made a double change as Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced Podolski and Gervinho.

French striker Giroud was put clean
through straight away, but was caught by a desperate lunge from Chico –
with referee Clattenburg indicating he felt the Swansea defender got the
slightest of touches, much to the disbelief of Wenger.

With 11 minutes left, Wilshere was
replaced by Tomas Rosicky as the injury-plagued Czech midfielder made
his first appearance since May.

Swansea created another good opening
when substitute Dwight Tiendalli cut into the right side of the Arsenal
box, but again Szczesny produced a smart block.

With five minutes left, Vermaelen's flying header just lacked the pace to beat Tremmel.

Swansea, though, took the lead when
Michu broke clear after a neat one-two with substitute Luke Moore to
slot past Szczesny and leave more questions for Wenger to answer about
the character of his side.

It got worst for the Gunners in
stoppage time when Michu again latched onto a long clearance, racing
through to beat the keeper again.

Swansea 3West Brom 1 match report: Michu and Wayne Routledge score for Swans

Swansea 3 West Brom 1: What a Liberty! It's a Routledge rout as Baggies bubble bursts

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22:09 GMT, 28 November 2012

It's a touch premature to say West Brom’s wheels have come off, but they certainly looked a little rickety.

Three goals down and counting their blessings after 40 minutes, they were served a cold reality check on a cold night that the Barclays Premier League is not so easy after all.

They were third in the table coming in, a quite phenomenal feat for this club in this division, and one reflected by the stats that showed their haul of 26 points from 13 games was their best start to a top-flight season since 1953.

All white on the night: Swansea are unbeaten in their last five games and moved up to eighth in the table

All white on the night: Swansea are unbeaten in their last five games and moved up to eighth in the table

Match facts

Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Williams, Chico, Davies, Britton, Hernandez (De Guzman 74), Ki, Dyer (Moore 64), Routledge, Michu (Agustien 86). Subs not used: Cornell, Monk, Shechter, Tiendalli.

Goals: Michu 9, Routledge 11, 39.

West Brom: Myhill, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Jones, Yacob, Morrison, Mulumbu, Brunt, Odemwingie, Lukaku. Subs not used: Daniels, Popov, Rosenberg, Long, Dorrans, Tamas, Fortune.

Booked: McAuley, Brunt, Olsson, Jones.

Goal: Lukaku 45.

Referee: Lee Mason.

Attendance: 20,377.

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But, courtesy of Michu and Wayne
Routledge, it all went so horribly wrong for But, courtesy of Michu and
Wayne Routledge, it all went so horribly wrong for Steve Clarke.

Youssouf Mulumbu, who missed the 4-2
win at Sunderland with a hamstring strain, was recalled to fill one of
the defensive midfield slots, with Claudio Yacob next to him in Steve
Clarke’s 4-2-3-1 system.
If the plan was to stifle Swansea’s possession in attacking positions,
it didn’t work. If the idea was to cut off the supply of passes out to
the flanks, it failed spectacularly.

Swansea were 3-1 up at half-time and
all three of their goals came from attacks that started in midfield,
found their way out to the left and were finished from close range.

West Brom right back Billy Jones had one of those nights that scar. His ordeal started after just 90 seconds.

Michu, as has so often been the case,
was at the centre of the move that nearly gave Swansea a perfect start.

The Spaniard found it too easy to escape Jones’s marking and was
allowed to collect a neat chip from Pablo Hernandez on the left before
forcing a good save from Boaz Myhill at his near post.

Here we go again: Michu hit the opening goal to put West Brom on the back foot

Here we go again: Michu hit the opening goal to put West Brom on the back foot

A handful: Michu evades James Morrison's attentions

A handful: Michu evades James Morrison's attentions

His wait for an eighth Premier League goal was a further seven minutes.

Again, record signing Hernandez was
involved, underlining his recent improvement with a delicate volley
across the six-yard box after Dyer’s floated cross to the far post.
Michu was waiting to bury the pass.

Flying high: Wayne Routledge fires his first of the evening past Boaz Myhill

Flying high: Wayne Routledge fires his first of the evening past Boaz Myhill

A spring in the step: Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer celebrate Swansea's second

A spring in the step: Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer celebrate Swansea's second

A second goal followed three minutes
later when Hernandez swapped passes with Ben Davies and danced into the
area from the left before teeing up Routledge for a tap-in.

West Brom were the first team to
concede a Premier League goal to Swansea last season on a September
afternoon in which they ultimately lost 3-0.

Double trouble: Routledge hit two in Swansea's rout

Double trouble: Routledge hit two in Swansea's rout

They seemed determined to
repeat the feat here, going three down after 39 minutes. Hernandez and
Davies were again involved down the left before the latter squared for
Routledge to score his second.

That he was unmarked from six yards
did not appear to go down too well with Clarke, and Myhill won’t be
pleased with his attempt to save, either.

Scant consolation: Romelu Lukaku fires West Brom's only goal of the game

Scant consolation: Romelu Lukaku fires West Brom's only goal of the game

Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back with
a volley from a poorly-cleared corner, but it was telling that the shot
was West Brom’s first on target.

Clarke looked somewhat agitated
coming off at half-time and the intensity of West Brom’s play early in
the second half hinted at an interesting team talk.

Mixed emotions: Laudrup

Mixed emotions: Clarke

Mixed emotions: Michael Laudrup's Swansea gave Steve Clarke plenty of food for thought

Committed: Jonas Olsson does his best to block Luke Moore's shot

Committed: Jonas Olsson does his best to block Luke Moore's shot

Lukaku went close to scoring a second
when he shrugged off Chico Flores and fired over after 46 minutes and
Chris Brunt connected almost too well when he took aim from 30 yards a
moment later.

But the revival, much like West Brom’s intensity, only came in a short burst.

Roberto Di Matteo refuses to blame Mark Clattenburg fall-out for Swansea draw

Di Matteo refuses to blame Clattenburg fall-out for Swansea draw

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18:59 GMT, 3 November 2012

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo does not believe the Mark Clattenburg affair had an effect on his side's performance in their 1-1 draw with Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

The Blues have spent the past six days embroiled in the controversy over inappropriate comments referee Clattenburg is alleged to have made to Blues midfielder John Obi Mikel during Sunday's 3-2 defeat to Manchester United.

Last gasp: Pablo Hernandez celebrates his equaliser for Swansea

Last gasp: Pablo Hernandez celebrates his equaliser for Swansea

Match facts

SWANSEA: Tremmel, Rangel, Monk, Williams, Davies, Routledge (Graham 65), Britton (Dyer 65), de Guzman, Ki, Hernandez, Michu (Shechter 79). Subs not used: Cornell, Tate, Tiendalli, Agustien.

Goals: Hernandez 88

Booked: Britton, De Guzman

CHELSEA: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole, Romeu (Ramires 46), Mikel, Moses (Sturridge 72), Oscar (Bertrand 79), Hazard, Torres. Subs not used: Turnbull, Ferreira, Marin, Piazon.

Goals: Moses 81

Booked: Azpilicueta

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

Att: 20, 527

Chelsea looked set to end a difficult
week with a win thanks to Victor Moses' 61st minute header, but were
denied by Pablo Hernandez's late equaliser, which also ensured Di
Matteo's side surrendered top spot in the Premier League table to
Manchester United.

But the Italian does not feel off-field events were a factor in his side's failure to win.

He said: 'I wouldn't read anything
into what has happened in the last week and the result today. It is very
difficult to win away from home in the Premier League.

'This is our second away draw of the
season – we have won the rest of the games. It is disappointing not to
have hung on to our lead but even when you are not brilliant, you need
to get a result like that.

'It's a long season and it is going to stay very tight at the top. There are a few teams fighting for that.

On target: Victor Moses celebrates his goal for Chelsea

On target: Victor Moses celebrates his goal for Chelsea

'We are in touch and we are going to show how strong we are in the future.'

Di Matteo was pleased to return to
talking about football, particularly with the Clattenburg allegations
following so closely on the back of the John Terry racism scandal; the
England defender served the last of his four-game FA suspension.

And he praised the performance of referee Kevin Friend.

'Talking about the football is how
it's supposed to be week in, week out. Everyone would like it to be this
way, including me,' he said.

Game changer: Victor Moses celebrates with Gary Cahill after scoring for Chelsea

Game changer: Victor Moses celebrates with Gary Cahill after scoring for Chelsea

'I've got to say the officials were
very good. Kevin Friend did very well in the game to keep both teams
calm and let the game flow.

'He didn't have any influence on the game. I congratulated him after the game because they were very good.

'I didn't speak to the players before the game about the referee. Generally our team is very good (with officials).

'There has to be something really out of the ordinary for them to react. In general, we are a fair team.'

Hazard warning: Chelsea's Eden Hazard takes the ball past Swansea's Wayne Routledge

Hazard warning: Chelsea's Eden Hazard takes the ball past Swansea's Wayne Routledge

But Di Matteo did acknowledge the two
thrilling clashes with Manchester United – the league fixture was
followed by the nine-goal Capital One Cup tie in midweek – may have hurt
his side.

He said: 'We have certainly felt (tired) this week after the two games with Manchester United, including extra-time.

'It would have been great to finish off the week with a 1-0 victory. The disappointment is we have conceded a late equaliser.

'I thought we had more of the game and clear chances than Swansea.

Spot the ball: Swansea's Ben Davies (left) and Chelsea's Cesar Azpilcueta battle for the ball

Spot the ball: Swansea's Ben Davies (left) and Chelsea's Cesar Azpilcueta battle for the ball

'When the opposition equalises so late on then you tend to think it's a bit lucky.

'To be honest, they didn't have any real clear chances, but they scored a quality goal.'

Swansea merited a point after having
the better of the opening half and playing with a swagger reminiscent of
their best form of last season, although they struggled to break down a
Chelsea rearguard well-marshalled by Branislav Ivanovic and Gary
Cahill.

Eyes on the ball: Chelsea's Fernando Torres and Swansea's Ashley Williams (right) compete

Eyes on the ball: Chelsea's Fernando Torres and Swansea's Ashley Williams (right) compete

Hernandez's low strike capped a good
week for the Swans, who were narrowly defeated by Manchester City before
dumping Liverpool out of the League Cup at Anfield.

He said: 'I think it was a deserved
point. It was, in many ways, a copy of the game we played last week
against Manchester City.

'That time we deserved a point but didn't get anything, we did this time.

Good result: Swansea boss Michael Laudrup

Good result: Swansea boss Michael Laudrup

'They had a few goal chances, we had a
couple, two or three half chances. There were not that many chances. A
point for each was a fair result.

'Their goal was a bit lucky but we
came back, got some fresh people on the pitch and really put them under
pressure. I think we deserved it. It was a great goal by Pablo.

'It has been an important week for
the club. we have had three different results the last week but three
very good performances.

'It's nice to see that we can play like that against the big teams in our way of playing. That's important for us.'

Stoke 2 Swansea 0: Peter Crouch scores twice – match report

Stoke 2 Swansea 0: Crouch doubles up to helps Potters to first win of the season

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Peter Crouch netted twice as Stoke registered their first win of the season by defeating Swansea at the Britannia Stadium.

The striker scored both goals in the first half, with slack defending by the visitors allowing him to head in Glenn Whelan's corner in the 12th minute.

Crouch then found little resistance in the Swansea box once again nine minutes before the break as he fired the ball at Michel Vorm and reacted to convert the rebound, taking his tally for the campaign to five goals in all competitions.

Doubled up: Peter Crouch celebrates his second goal

Doubled up: Peter Crouch celebrates his second goal

Match facts

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Walters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam (Etherington 68), Kightly, Crouch.

Subs not used: Sorensen, Jones, Owen, Edu, Whitehead, Upson.

Goals: Crouch 12, 36

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Dyer, Britton, Ki, Michu, Hernandez (Routledge 63), Graham.

Subs not used: Tremmel, Monk, Shechter, Moore, de Guzman, Tiendalli.

Att: 27,330

Ref: Moss (W Yorkshire)

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That form will keep the debate going
about a potential England recall for the 31-year-old, while his club
will perhaps be breathing a little easier now having finally recorded a
victory in their sixth Barclays Premier League game of the season after
drawing four and losing one of the opening five.

Swansea, meanwhile, started the
campaign well but have now lost three league matches in a row and need
to turn things around quickly.

Stoke began the contest brightly and grabbed an early lead after Vorm's save from Jon Walters led to a corner.

Crouch was left unmarked when it was swung in by Whelan, allowing the frontman to crash a header past the helpless Vorm.

Swansea were almost in trouble at the
back again moments later as Vorm was charged down by Crouch, but they
survived that before seeing Charlie Adam rifle an attempt over the bar.

The visitors looked to apply some
pressure of their own and after Michu had struck a weak effort at Asmir
Begovic, a lapse at the back by the Potters saw them pass the ball
straight to Danny Graham, whose shot on the turn was saved.

At the other end Vorm, who had
prepared for the match by training with rugby tackle bags, showed his
strength by coming out to beat Adam to the ball and punch it away, a
collision which left the Stoke man temporarily down hurt.

Tucked away: Crouch scores from close range

Tucked away: Crouch scores from close range

All about you: Crouch takes in the plaudits

All about you: Crouch takes in the plaudits

After getting back to his feet Adam
sent a curler into Vorm's arms and Michu then bent an effort just the
wrong side of Begovic's left post.

The hosts regained their momentum and in the 36th minute they doubled their advantage as Crouch struck once more.

Sloppiness by Swansea again played its
part, with Crouch able to bring the ball down from a floated cross into
the area and then tuck it away on the follow-up after Vorm had parried
his initial shot.

The away side came out after the
restart looking full of purpose and Begovic was called upon to tip a Ki
Sung-yueng effort over the bar.

Tussle: Stoke City's Steven N'Zonzi, left, challenges Swansea City's Ki Sung-Yung

Tussle: Stoke City's Steven N'Zonzi, left, challenges Swansea City's Ki Sung-Yung

Ben Davies then went down in the box,
seeming to look for a penalty and being rewarded only with a booking for
diving – one of the hot topics for Tony Pulis in the build up to the
game.

Swansea continued to attack and Graham might have done better with an effort he scooped over the goalframe.

Trouble: Michael Laudrup's side are in poor form

Trouble: Michael Laudrup's side are in poor form

Sandwich filling: Michu is squeezed out by N'zonzi and Glenn Whelan

Sandwich filling: Michu is squeezed out by N'zonzi and Glenn Whelan

Stoke hit back and Michael Kightly was just unable to convert from close range as he strived to meet Adam's cross.

Crouch looked intent on securing his
hat-trick, but headed one effort on to the bar and then missed with an
attempted overhead kick before being substituted.

Kightly and Walters also tried their luck towards the end to no avail, but the Potters had done enough.

Hunted down: Angel Rangel is tracked by Walters

Hunted down: Angel Rangel is tracked by Walters

Fight: Crouch challenges Swansea City's Chico Flores

Bench boy: Michael Owen (right) of Stoke City sits on the bench alongside Dean Whitehead

Double trouble: Crouch challenges Chico Flores while Michael Owen (right) waits on the bench

Swansea 0 Everton 3 match report

Swansea 0 Everton 3: Anichebe, Mirallas and Fellaini on target as sub Dyer sees red

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Everton's fine start to the season continued as they eased to a comfortable victory over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

The Toffees dominated from the off and Victor Anichebe fired home from close range after 21 minutes before Kevin Mirallas finished off a superb flowing move just before half-time.

Swansea went close through Angel Rangel and Ki Sung-yueng but their hopes of a comeback were dashed early in the second half when substitute Nathan Dyer was sent off, before Everton's Marouane Fellaini administered the final blow.

Three and easy: Everton cruised to victory in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off

Three and easy: Everton cruised to victory in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off

Match facts

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Tate (Britton 55), Williams, Davies, Ki, de Guzman, Michu, Hernandez (Dyer 46), Routledge, Graham (Shechter 71).

Subs Not Used: Tremmel, Monk, Moore, Tiendalli.

Sent Off: Dyer (58).

Booked: Williams, Ki, Dyer, Rangel, Michu.

Everton: Howard, Neville, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines, Osman, Pienaar (Gueye 85), Coleman, Fellaini (Oviedo 85), Mirallas (Naismith 71), Anichebe.

Subs Not Used: Mucha,Distin,Vellios,Duffy.

Booked: Osman.

Goals: Anichebe 21,Mirallas 43,Fellaini 82.

Att: 20,464

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).

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Such was Everton's dominance during
the first half, it was a surprise it took them so long to open the
scoring. Swansea's sloppiness on the ball and shoddy defending meant
goalkeeper Michel Vorm was forced to make three saves inside the first
three minutes.

The Dutchman firstly grasped an
Anichebe header at the second attempt after the striker had got on the
end of Leighton Baines' whipped delivery, before twice denying Mirallas.

The warning was not heeded by the
hosts and Ashley Williams endured a few nervous moments when he brought
down Anichebe after Wayne Routledge's awful pass had put him in trouble.
The visitors felt the Wales centre-half had been the last man but the
covering Alan Tate saved him as he saw yellow as opposed to red.

The opener arrived in the 21st
minute. Williams' poor recent run continued as he misjudged a high ball
to allow Fellaini to control and tee up Anichebe to fire home from close
range, although replays suggested the Belgian had used an arm. Swansea
were guilty of standing off in defence and Anichebe almost punished the
struggling Tate when he was given acres of space to turn but fired over.

Frustration: Nathan Dyer reacts following his sending off, 12 minutes after coming on as substitute

Frustration: Nathan Dyer reacts following his sending off, 12 minutes after coming on as substitute

Hair we go: Fellaini fired home Everton's third goal

Hair we go: Fellaini fired home Everton's third goal

Home manager Michael Laudrup had been
the epitome of frustration during the opening half-hour, but Swansea
finally managed to find a spark.

Record signing Pablo Hernandez burst
away down the right and his chip was headed off the line by Phil
Jagielka after linking with Michu. Phil Neville then blocked Danny
Graham's strike after Routledge seized the loose ball.

Ki went closer still for the Swans, clipping a effort inches wide from 25 yards with Tim Howard beaten.

But Everton re-asserted their
authority with a wonderful goal. Neville beat Michu to a long ball near
his own right corner, and the former England player's coolness helped
start a move that saw Fellaini and Steven Pienaar combine superbly to
tee up Mirallas.

Vorm did brilliantly to palm the
initial strike onto the bar, but the Belgian was back on his feet
quickly to convert the rebound for his first Premier League goal.

Swansea should have trailed by just
one goal at the break but Rangel wasted two gilt-edged chances. Howard
saved the Spaniard's low shot from Ki's lovely pass, before Rangel
inexplicably volleyed away from goal from Routledge's cross.

Head boy: The Belgian international completed the rout

Head boy: The Belgian international completed the rout

Laudrup withdrew Hernandez and put on
Dyer at the break and the home side increased the pressure as Ki was
frustrated by a superb Howard save and the American also denied Michu,
while Mirallas struck the bar at the other end.

But Swansea's hopes of a comeback were dealt a terminal blow when Dyer saw red just 12 minutes into the second half.

On target: Kevin Mirallas celebrates his goal shortly before the interval

On target: Kevin Mirallas celebrates his goal shortly before the interval

The winger had already been booked for dissent when a clumsy tackle on Baines earned him a second yellow.

Dyer's dismissal sapped the life from
what had been an entertaining contest, although Fellaini should have
scored only to sky over from Anichebe's ball across the six-yard box.
But the midfielder wrapped the scoring up with eight minutes remaining
as he headed home from Baines' cross with the aid of a deflection off
Williams.

Swansea's day was summed up when Jonathan de Guzman's superb free-kick was kept out by the post in stoppage time.

Swansea v Everton live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Swansea v Everton – from the Liberty Stadium as it happens

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Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Swansea host Everton at the Liberty Stadium to kick off the weekend's action. The Swans saw their unbeaten start come to an end at Aston Villa last Saturday while David Moyes' team will hope to move into second place with a win. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or via Twitter @Ripinho.

12.08: Swansea starting XI:

Vorm, Rangel, Tate, Williams, Davies, De Guzman, Ki, Michu, Routledge, Pablo, Graham.

12.03: Everton starting XI:

Howard, Neville, Baines, Heitinga, Jagielka, Coleman, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Mirallas, Anichebe.

12.00: It's been another highly entertaining week of football and to get us going this weekend we feature one of the teams that started it all off.

Everton played out a 2-2 draw with Newcastle at Goodison Park on Monday night and it's David Moyes' side that travel to Swansea for Saturday's lunchtime kick-off. Team news on the way.

Afternoon opener: Michu's Swansea host Marouane Fellaini's Everton at the Liberty Stadium

Afternoon opener: Michu's Swansea host Marouane Fellaini's Everton at the Liberty Stadium